“When it comes to killing big bucks, my seasons now are much better thanks to the fact that there’s less hunting pressure in my area. There are inarguably fewer deer hunters in my neck of the woods. But when I think back to those early days of the full camps and all the memories that went with them, I know that those were the experiences that forged me into a lifelong hunter. Throughout the decades, my buddies and I have had a singular—yet, unspoken—goal in mind. We have all included our children and many adults in our hunting camps. We’ve introduced both locals from town and New Yorkers to hunting. Some have embraced it all. Others have not. The end game remains the same for us: Take someone new outdoors. It could change their life, and yours, for the better.” – Gerry Bethge, Deputy Editor at Outdoor Life

In Episode 160 of District of Conservation, Gabriella speaks with Gerry Bethge — Outdoor Life Deputy Editor and one of the four co-authors of this rebuttal to the Meat Eater piece called “The Case Against Hunter Recruitment.”

Gabriella and Gerry unpack the debate over hunter recruitment efforts, the merits of R3 (recruitment, retention, reactivation) and much more in this episode. Tune in!

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  • Gabriella Hoffman

    Gabriella Hoffman is a Media Strategist and Award-Winning Outdoor Writer. She hosts the "District of Conservation" podcast and CFACT's original YouTube series "Conservation Nation." Learn more about her work at www.gabriellahoffman.com